People can say “I love you” in many different words and through many different actions. This Valentine’s Day I want every Iowan to consider creating an out of the ordinary gift…an estate plan! An estate plan is not just an important legal document that saves your friends and family time, money, and potential heartbreak. A quality estate plan is also a way of expressing care, commitment, and, yes, even love…be it adoration for your significant other, for your family, or even just out of respect for your life and legacy.
I could go on and on about the importance of having health care and financial power of attorney documents in place well before you hopefully never need it. I would be happy to share more than you’d ever want to know about the nomination of a guardian for minor children. Don’t get me started on the importance of detailing your wishes in the disposition of final remains document. But, I thought we could have a little fun with these sharable valentines (use the tag #PlanningForLove!) to get you inspired to take that first estate planning step and fill out my free Estate Plan Questionnaire.
Love is When
For any great love, you’ll want to continue providing and supporting that individual even after your passing. Talk to your estate planner about what tools and strategies, like a living revocable trust, would be best for your situation.
Saved Up Wishes
There’s no better way or place to detail your wishes for what you want to be done with your hard-earned assets than in an estate plan. For instance, if you want to give a portion of your estate to the charities near and dear to your heart, you can do so in your will.
Look in the Same Direction
If you’re married you and your spouse both need your own individual estate plan! Many married couples do have the same estate planning goals and opt to have the same estate planning attorney draft both of their plans. Other times couples opt for separate attorneys. (Give this piece a read for more information.)
Of course, I would love to receive a Valentine from you, but I would also like to talk with you about your estate planning needs and how, oddly enough, this legal document makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to yourself or someone you love. Contact me at any time via email or phone (515-371-6077).